By A. Mansson McGinty
Whereas Islam has turn into a arguable subject within the West, an increasing number of Westerners locate strong that means in Islam. turning into Muslim is an ethnographic examine in accordance with in-depth interviews with Swedish and American ladies who've switched over to Islam. continuing from the women's life-stories, the writer explores the allure of Islam to a couple Western girls and the non-public that means assigned to the faith. whereas conversion is frequently perceived as entailing a dramatic swap in worldview, the women's reports aspect to an both very important continuity. particularly, the conversion is brought on by means of specific own principles and quests, and inside of Islam the ladies can extra discover already salient options. The paintings appeals to scholars within the fields of anthropology, non secular reviews, psychology, and women's experiences, attracted to identification, conversion, and gender.
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Extra resources for Becoming Muslim: Western Women's Conversions to Islam (Culture, Mind and Society)
His description of the nation state corresponds in many ways to the Swedish society in which the “national culture” is strongly influenced by a relatively homogeneous majority culture. ” This dominating group organizes the societal life on different levels in a way that reproduces and maintains the national culture and identity. This is partly reflected in Sweden’s holidays, public symbols, and ceremonies, as well as in the compulsory education. In chapter 5, we will follow the women’s different experiences of encounters in their surrounding world.
But national categories are handy and easy to employ; they are often used without question even within our own discipline, as if they have an essential and inescapable meaning. We risk here a reification of nationalities. Looking through the interview transcripts, I discovered my own frequent, sometimes unreflective, use of national categories in my communication with the women. Similarly, in one of my articles Conversion and Identity Formation 25 (Mansson 2000) I used the folk category of nationality as an analytical tool, referring quite uncritically to “Swedishness” and “Swedish” values.
In chapter 7, “Looping Effects of Meaning,” I focus on the tension between the women’s selfunderstanding and the images and expectations of others, and the looping effects of meaning prompted by the women’s active engagement with the surrounding world and various categories. Chapter 8, “Family, Work, Sisterhood,” elaborates on the women’s experiences of encounters with family, employers, and Muslim women and the strategies they employ against stereotypes and harassment. ” Chapter Two A Step toward the Unknown A Biographical Overview of the Women Women interviewed in Sweden Year of birth Ayre Zarah Marianne Lisa Cecilia Layla Year of official conversion 1955 1949 1965 1967 1966 1950 1990 1984 1986 1994 1998 1976 1947 1954 1954 1972 1987 1971 Women interviewed in the United States Mariam Fatimah Hannah Below I give the reader a brief biographical presentation of the women, presented in the same order as listed above.
Becoming Muslim: Western Women's Conversions to Islam (Culture, Mind and Society) by A. Mansson McGinty